HC Deb 18 March 1993 vol 221 cc376-7W
Mr. Knox

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, pursuant to his answer of 15 February to the hon. Member for Ealing, North (Mr. Greenway)Official Report, column 100, on claims for income support in 1992–93, what percentage of families claimed income support, distinguishing between families above state pension age and those of working age, and showing two-parent families with children and one-parent families, separately.

1. Mr. Burt

The latest available information is in the table.

Family type Percentage of all IS recipients
All Families 37.0
Families over Pension Age 2.6
Families under Pension Age 34.4
All Couples with children 9.4
Couples over pension age, with children 0.1
Couples under pension age, with children 9.3
All Lone Parents 20.0
Lone Parents over pension age 0.1
Lone Parents under pension age 19.9


Source: Income Support Statistics Annual Enquiry, May 1991.

2. Percentages quoted are those of the Income Support caseload. It is not possible to give percentages of the total population for each of the specified groups.

3. Pension age is defined as 65 for men, 60 for women. Only the age of the claimant has been taken into account for this reply.

4. Temporarily separated cases have been treated as single.

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